posted on May, 6 2013 @ 08:53 AM
Originally posted by GargIndia
reply to post by ipsedixit
Can you define 'radical islam' and how is Iran any more radical than say governments in countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Pakistan for
Saudi Arabia is basically a US protectorate. If Iran were to adopt the posture of Saudi Arabia in dealing with the United States, the US would be
satisfied, I think.
Jordan is similar. Jordan is not a belligerent in the Middle East. Jordan is a "nice" country. It is led by pragmatists.
Pakistan is a classic Islamic snake's nest of intermural conflict.
Iran is fundamentalist, is organized and is potent in the world beyond its borders. Iran is going to, in the not too distant future, find itself
dealing with unrest on its western border. They will become preoccupied with the problems that develop. They will have difficulty making time for
Hezbollah. They will recollect themselves and recuse themselves from "international" postures. They will dedicate themselves to maintaining
themselves in power in Iran.
I think the best they can hope for is a status a little more independent than Saudi Arabia, more like the status of other powers who are integrated
into the international economy in such a way that they are "sovereign" but "dependant". That's the world that sane countries live in.